The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK
PASTIS “Friends & FAMILY PARTY”
June 4, 2019
As I go about writing about Italian Food, food, bars, and the restaurant scene New York, Italy, Paris, Asian New Orleans, and the World, it never fails to amaze me how far ahead of the curve I am as opposed to other food writers with a greater and faster knowledge of wine, restaurants, food trends than many food writers with high profile positions. People like former NY Times food-critics; Frank Bruni, Ruth Reichl , and especially Florence Fabricant who recently wrote about the re-opening of Keith McNally’s (along w/ Stephen Starr) Pastis in the Meat Packing District, which Keith McNally created, though I’m quite certain Florence Fabricant doesn’t know, and never made the analogy. In her piece she states, that the new Pastis is around the corner from the original one which has been closed for 5 years (lost lease). She states that the High Line and The Whitney Museum are now in the neighborhood, but Fabricant and just about ever other food / restaurant writer / critic out there are no doubt oblivious to the fact that, not only did Keith McNally create Tribeca, but he created what has become the boom of the Meat Packing District, a neighborhood that had but two high-profile restaurants in the neighborhood, which was more or less a restaurant waste land until McNally opened Pastis back in 1999. Florent and Macceleria were the only two restaurants in the neighborhood until McNally opened Pastis. Once he did, more restaurants began to sprout, and eventually there was an explosion of what the Meat Packing District is today, the hottest restaurant, night club, boutique hotel spot in all of New York, and all because Keith McNally, the “Restaurant Genius” that he is opened Pastis on 9th Avenue, the neighborhood exploded, and the rest is history.
Unlike the original Pastis, Keith McNally has a partner in his new Pastis is the form of famed Philadelphia / NY Restaurateur Stephen Starr … From the looks of what I saw at the party tonight, The New Pastis should be just as big of a hit as the old one. Good Luck to Keith McNally and Wishing him well.
Daniel Bellino Zwicke
June 4, 2019
The Original PASTIS
Created by Restaurant Genius Keith McNally
BONO Dining at ORIGINAL “PASTIS”
As Many Celebrities Did
Pastis is a Licorice Tasting
of Keith McNally’s PASTIS BISTRO
EATER NY Pastis Reopening …
JG MELON BURGER
One of The CITY’S BEST
Where are New York’s Best Burgers? Who has them? Do you have a favorite of your own? Well, some might say, the Black Label Burger at Minetta Tavern is the best? I wouldn’t, in fact, for me the more affordable Minetta Burger is much better, I’ll give some reasons later. There are lots of good burgers, some not so good, many over-rated and some a total disappointment. One of the most disappointing and highly over-rated burgers of all is one that I’m really sorry to say, I love the place and for many years (Since 1983) is the Burger at the Corner Bistro, a placce that has long been famous for its burger, in fact was considered New York’s Best Burger for years (about 30) before the current NY Burger Craze of the past 10 years or so. Yes, I love the Corner Bistro as it is a cool old fixture of Greenwich Village that has a great quetessentail Greenwich Village old bar atomsophere, and served very affordable dirinks, Beer, and food. Only one problem? The Burger is “Terrible.” Yes I said it, and I’m quite sorry to say so, but it is the truth. I dn’t wantit to be the truth, but it is. Again and for the last 10 times I’ve been to the place, I was completely and utterly disappointed with the Burger at the Corner Bistro, “It Sucks,” and it really pains me to say this, as I’ve said, I love the place, I used to love thee burger, and wish I still could, but the burger is horrible, and people acept this, as most are followers and are in the habit of Jumping on The “Band Wagon” of saying something is good or great, simply because everyone else is, and whether the thing (burger in this case) is good or it is not, as in the case of the Burger and The Bistro Burger at the Corner Bistro. I feel there are two reasons the burger at the Corner Bistro is not good. Number one, the meat they use I’m sure is not of really good quality. It’s fresh yes, but it for cure is not Prime Meat, but most probably Choice Beef which is a lower grade. Number 2, the burger is too thick. For those who don’t know, the thicker a burger is the less flavorful it will be. This is because most of the flavor comes from the browned part, the outside of the burger. And the thicker a burger is the less flavor ratio it has. A thinner burger will taste better, not too thin, but a bit thinner. The other reason the burger doesn’t taste all that good is that the cooking method is the worst method used for cooking a tasty burger. The burgers at the Corner Bistro are broiled. The best method for cooking a tasty burger is cooking on a flat top grill and letting the burger cook in its own fat and juices. The Corner Bistro does not do this.
Now one thing that si very unusual for me, is wanting someting to cost more than a place is charging for it. I always look for a good buy, and the cheaper something is, the better. However, in this instance, I wish the owners of the Corner Bistro would buy Prrime Beef to make their Burgers and charge more money for them and hopefully make a better burger. Get rid of that old broiler, get a flat top grill and start cooking your burgers on it. Also, you can make them just slughtly smaller, a bt thinner, and make a better burger. I know this will Never Happen. If the owners read this, they think I’m nuts, or whatever. They’d probably say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But I wish they would fix it, for I’d love to go to the Corner Bistro again, and for once get a Burger that I Love. Again, I’m afraid this will never happen.
For the record, I first realized back in 2004 that the burgers were not good. Three times in a row, I went, had a burger and was hugely disappointed and how bad the burgers tasted. I was shocked and sad. After thee 3rd bad burger at the Corner Bistro, I more or less stopped going. Every once and a while I’d go, and give it another chance, but the burger was always very disappointing, wasn’t good and left a terrible after taste in my mouth for a couple hours. I’m not saying the neat is bad, I’m just saying, they should buy better meat, “Please.” I went again, two months ago. Guess what? I hated the burger. I was hugely disappointed once again. To me, the Burger was horrible, I’m so sorry to say. Well, in a World with the horrible music they make these days, it’s no wonder. People accept and even like mediocrity, and this is one more case, again I’m sorry to say, and I do wish one day, I’ll be able to say otherwise.
PS … Started righting a piece on New York’s Best Burgers, and ended up writing about New York’s most disappointing one. Sorry, this happens when writing some times, not just for me, but for any writer.
BEST BURGERS in NEW YORK : JG Melon (3rd Avenue UES), Schnipper’s, Shake Shack, Charles Prime, Au Cheval.
For me, these are some of New York’s Best Burgers, not in any particular order, but all very good.
NEW YORK’S Most Over-Rated BURGERS :
The BURGER JOINT in Parker Meridien Hotel. These Burgers are Highly over-rated, not very good at all. Again, their popularity is a case of people Jumping on The Band Wagon.
Corner Bistro : I’ve already said it above. And I’m so sorry to say, but someone has too. Wish they we’re better, I’ve loved the place for years, “but the Burger is just not good at all. I Wish it was.”
MINETTA TAVERN. Unlike the placces isted above, the Burgers at Minetta Tavern are quite good. The problem is, that though Good, they are Highly Over-Rated, they are good, not great, and for from being the Best in The City, which many say the Black Label Burger is. “Not!”